5 large Eggland's Best eggs, yolks and whites separated
3/4 cup granulated white sugar, divided, plus 2 tablespoons
1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, chopped
Powdered sugar for garnish
FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
10 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon
To prepare the cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 17 x 11.5 jelly-roll pan with parchment paper. Fit the parchment to completely cover the bottom and so it goes up the sides of the pan.
Sift the powdered sugar onto a clean kitchen towel (somewhat heavily) spread out on a clean work surface. A smooth, thick(er), non-terry cloth, tea towel works best. Set aside.
In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and salt. Add the crystallized ginger to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg yolks until pale, about 4 minutes. Add the molasses and 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and beat until combined. Fold in the flour mixture with the chopped ginger and mix until smooth.
In a clean bowl using clean beaters, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and beat until firm and glossy. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until no more egg white is visible.
Spread the batter evenly onto the prepared pan. Bake for about 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Cool the cake (still in the pan) on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Use a small knife to loosen the cake from the sides of the pan/parchment paper. Carefully turn cake out onto the prepared sugared towel. Slowly peel off the parchment paper. Sprinkle the surface of the cake with the two remaining tablespoons of granulated sugar. Roll the cake up in the towel, starting with narrow end. Not too tight. Cool completely on a wire rack.
For the filling: Combine the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest and vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat until smooth. Gently unroll the cake. It will not completely hold the shape, but the center of the roll should. Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over cake leaving about 1/2 inch open at the end that will be in the center of the roll. Re-roll the cake, and filling, fairly tight. Store in an airtight container with a lid. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
To slice the cake, use a soft sawing motion with a serrated knife. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.